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JOHN D.

BEATTY
West Allis, Wisconsin
(414) 828-7879
jdbcom@gmail.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdbcom
www.johndbeatty.net
BACKGROUND SUMMARY
Technical Communications Professional with significant experience in creating manufacturing, marketing, business,
process and engineering documentation for firms throughout the Great Lakes. Proven track record for restoring and
increasing work flow and in restarting moribund projects. Solid history of implementing writer process documentation and
training programs that dramatically reduce training time. Created and maintained user manuals for wire welders and
emissions analyzers, operating theory descriptions for packaging equipment, service instructions for ice cream makers,
field service manuals for electronic component handling and marking equipment, engineering standards for hand tools,
parts manuals for mining and turf equipment, an operator manual for part of a cyclotron, and patent descriptions for
products as diverse as Napalm and stairway lifts.
PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
JOY GLOBAL

2007 to 2015

OE Parts Manual Manufacturing Leader


Created and oversaw the manufacture of mining equipment parts manuals.
Implemented new parts manual manufacturing methods that cut production time from 12 weeks to 4.
Created parts manual writer training program, reducing new writer training from a year to a month.
Managed production of as many as 50 new parts manuals a year for electronic delivery in seven languages and
on six continents using the Link One publishing platform.
Managed work scheduling for as many as six contractors and direct staff.
ALMON STUDIOS

1996 to 2007

Technical Writer
Supported GE Medical x-ray and ultrasound equipment and John Deere construction and turf equipment.
Created a technical writer training and process documentation program that reduced training time from six
months to six weeks.
Produced the first comprehensive service note index for x-ray equipment.
Produced first reel mower update index.
EDUCATION
Project Management - Lean Process Certified (PM-LPC), Management and Strategy Institute, 2015
MA, Military History (with Honors and Distinction), American Military University, 2013
BA, Military History (with Honors), American Military University, 2007
Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Documentation, Milwaukee Area Technical College
MILITARY
US Army Active Component 1973-1978, Infantry, Military Intelligence and Air Defense
US Army Reserve Component, 1978-2001, Armor and Military Intelligence.
AFFILIATIONS
Society for Military History
Historical Society
United States Naval Institute
Military Writers Society of America
Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee
HONORS AND AWARDS
Army Commendation Medal, 1975 (valor) and 1992 (achievement); NCO Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal;
National Defense Service Medal; Senior Paratroopers Badge
ASME/STC Challenge runner-up 1988; AMU Deans list spring 2010, fall 2011, spring 2012; Golden Key International
Honor Society 2010; Pi Gamma Mu (PGM) International Honors Fraternity for the Humanities, 2012

JOHN D. BEATTY
West Allis, Wisconsin
(414) 828-7879
jdbcom@gmail.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdbcom
www://johndbeatty.net
SELF-EMPLOYMENT (PART-TIME)
JDB COMMUNICATIONS, LLC

2007 to Present

Content Creator and Sole Proprietor


Research and write military, engineering, industrial and manufacturing history.
Published more than four books and twenty magazine articles and essays on historical subjects.
Created and published over fifteen encyclopedia entries, primarily on WWII-related topics.
PUBLICATIONS
Academic

Capstone essay/independent study, Metamorphosis: The Transition of American Military Polity from Washington
to Reagan.
American Society of Mechanical Engineering and Society for Technical Communications Challenge Essay:
Maintaining Change Control in Semi-Automated Documentation Manufacturing Environments.

Books

Crop Duster: A Novel of World War II (JDB Communications and Booklocker, 2014)
Sergeants Business and Other Stories (Kindle Direct, 2012)
The Devils Own Day: Shiloh and the Civil War (JDB Communications and Booklocker, 2011)
What Were They Thinking: A Fresh Look at Japan and War 1941-45 (Merriam Press, 2009)

Magazine Articles

The Great War and the Great Influenza (Strategy and Tactics Magazine, June 2015)
The Steamboats of Shiloh: A Lesson in American Civil War Riverine Logistics (Strategy and Tactics Magazine,
October 2012)
Did Buell Save Grant at Shiloh? (Strategy and Tactics Magazine, May 2012)
Full Pressure: Technical Hurdles in The Coming of Iron and Steam in the US Navy, 1850-1865 (Age of Steam,
Spring 2010)
The Nurnberg (In)defense: Personal and State Responsibility for the Conduct of War (Against the Odds
Magazine #25, 2009)
Wishful Thinking: Towards a New Model of Human History (Against the Odds Magazine #25, 2009)
The Genesis of American Attack Aviation: Technical Adaptations for US Aircraft in the Pacific Theater, 1942-45
(AVFan, January 2008)

Essays

We Can Kill Them but We Cannot Stop Them: An Evaluation of the Meuse-Argonne Campaign of 1918 in A
Meuse-Argonne Companion (Wiley/Blackwell 2014)

Encyclopedia Articles

Berlin 1945, Stalin, Joseph, Soviet Casualties 1941-45, Soviet Armor Development 1941-45 in Russia At
War: An Encyclopedia (ABC Clio, 2015);
German Army, Prisoner of War Operations and others in WWII in Europe: an Encyclopedia (Garland
Publishing, 1999).